Rhode Island Activists Headed to Maine to Urge Collins to Keep Her Promise and Let the People Decide The Womxn Project is calling on people from across the region to show up to ensure Senator Collins keeps her word to oppose nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court before the 2020 elections. Kicking off in Pawtucket, RI, advocates from across Rhode Island will meet up … [Read more...] about For Justice: Speak up and get active with us while we are in Maine!
The Womxn Project (TWP, previously The Woman Project) was formed in 2017, by a few passionate and outspoken Rhode Island womxn, to educate others about Rhode Island’s regressive abortion laws. What began as a protest of the present moment has become a movement for change.
While Rhode Island was the first state to promote religious freedom, for far too long reproductive freedom has been quietly governed - if indirectly - by the Catholic Church.
TWP was created to let Rhode Islanders know the truth: if Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, RI will have no law to protect the right to abortion. Most Rhode Islanders, living in a ‘blue state,’ did not realize that without Roe vs. Wade, RI could revert to old laws which are among the most restrictive and oppressive in the entire United States.
That is why TWP balances artistic events and traditional actions to make change locally or at the state level. These are some of the action TWP will make, online or physically somewhere, to add our voice to the many calling for change.
How do you thank someone for giving their life to defending freedom? By also defending our freedom and the freedom of all people. Yesterday we lost a legend, but we will teach Ruth Bader Ginsberg's legacy. Yesterday we lost a hero, but we will honor her by being heroic. Yesterday we lost a leader, but we will not lose the momentum. As we mourn we must remember, we are not … [Read more...] about How do you thank someone for giving their life to defending freedom?
The Rhode Island General Election is November 3rd The Womxn Project is a 501(c)4 which means we don't endorse. However there is a lot we do that relates directly to the election through education and calls to action across the state, while being COVID-safe. 1. Have questions about voting? The 211 voter assistance hotline launched in August so dial 2-1-1. 2. If voting by … [Read more...] about TWP & Election 2020
Mama Knows Best: Obstacles & Opportunities for Moms Running for Office The fact is that having children can make it that much harder to run for office, but it also gives us that push to make the world a better place for our families. Research has also shown that when moms are in office, fair wages and workplace policies get more attention and the needs of families are … [Read more...] about Mama Knows Best: Obstacles & Opportunities for Moms Running for Office
We have all heard it before – the sexist commentary on women who run for public office. Their outfits and hair are criticized or they are too shy or too loud. They have too many ideas or not enough. The Womxn Project (TWP) is dedicated to shifting conversations and power, so we can make real and lasting change. We are so lucky to work with elected officials around the country … [Read more...] about She Should Smile More Panel Discussion: Electability, Likeability and the Barriers to Electing Womxn
Part of TWP's ongoing efforts to engage our network in the elections and make our voices heard is to bring a series of panel discussions around elections and representation. These panels are just one element in a series of conversations, videos, projections and organizing initiatives to get out the vote because our vote is our voice and our opportunity to advance the values we … [Read more...] about Representation Matters: 2020 Candidates Working to Shift Power and Shake Things Up
BREAKING NEWS!!! "An enormous amount of hard, legal work went into this process from the beginning when the RI Senate leadership dropped the ball to recent planning for next steps if SCOTUS voted in favor of the Republican National Committee and the RI State GOP Committee. But they didn't. In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of allowing Rhode … [Read more...] about #AbortionAccess4All and so much more!
The global pandemic did not create disparities in access to health care or barriers to abortion, but it certainly has made it much, much worse. The fact is the people who have the least tend to hurt the most in challenging times. We need to step up and be there for our communities! We continue to see a disproportionate burden of job loss, economic struggles and health … [Read more...] about Tackling inequities TOGETHER!
The Womxn Project was honored to work with Common Cause RI and other partners to push for introduction of the Safe and Healthy Voting in 2020 Act. We were disappointed the bill was not introduced, but we are happy to see that many of the concepts in that legislation have been incorporated into other policies, which may be considered as early as TODAY, July 16th. TAKE … [Read more...] about If we can’t vote safe, we are silenced. TAKE ACTION TODAY!
The Womxn Project shares the confusion and outrage that many have expressed about the recent decision by Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island to refuse to endorse Jennifer Rourke, a remarkably strong woman of color who has been a true reproductive rights, health, and justice champion and thusly deserves the endorsement honor. Jennifer was PPVRI endorsed in a previous election … [Read more...] about Budgets should put health before politics
(projection at the law offices of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello) - - - - - - - - - With the recent rallies, we have been speaking out more creatively (and COVID-19 safe) to push to end racism and advance LGBTQ equality in Rhode Island. As you might have seen, we produced videos to push white allies to take action to dismantle white supremacy. Our team has been at numerous … [Read more...] about Defending the right to parent
Did you see that the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down a set of restrictions in Louisiana interfering with access to abortion? This decision has huge implications. The highest court in the land made it clear today that lawmakers should not be pushing medically unnecessary limits on abortion just to make care harder to get and create an undue … [Read more...] about SCOTUS WIN, Let’s keep it up!
Yesterday marked one year since the momentous passage and signing of the Reproductive Privacy Act, the Rhode Island law affirming that in our state we protect the right to abortion and ensure people get to make their own decisions about their bodies, their families and their futures. Out of respect for Juneteenth, we chose to celebrate this victory a day later. Part of being … [Read more...] about The Reproductive Privacy Act: Celebrating and Moving On
People across the globe and right here in the Ocean State continue to speak out and to march to push for an end to racism. In the past week, we saw HUGE events in Providence, Newport, SK and several other places in the region. People are rising up and we need to keep doing so in all the ways we can. The Womxn Project board member, Tammy Brown has a VERY powerful video as part … [Read more...] about Shining a Light on Injustice – DO YOU WANT IN?
Earlier today, The Womxn Project responded to comments by House Speaker Mattiello saying he doesn’t know what white privilege is, doesn’t think it is real and questioning how much racism exists in Rhode Island. Click here to read our statement. While he said this awhile back, the fact is that the culture of our General Assembly and the very real racial inequities that … [Read more...] about Racism is a problem in RI – let’s do something about it!